Image is EVERYTHING

”Live in Springfield, Jenifer Abreu, KOLR 10 News.¨ Being a reporter like Jenifer, for a local television station or national network or even a digital news outlet isn´t easy. It takes a lot of preparation to get right, what is more often than not 15 to 30 seconds of face time. As the most visible member…

Come Together: Journalists of Color

“Did you read it?” she asks just before taking a sip from her michelada. “I did”, I reply. And then I start going down my list: “Journalists are not the enemy”, The Boston Globe. “A Free Press Needs You”, The New York Times. “Defendemos la libertad de prensa”, El Diario. “Think your enemy is the…

In The Service Of Others

Car horns blare as dozens of impatient drivers slowly weave in and out of lanes looking for familiar faces from the many strange ones staring at them from the curb. A trip to the airport can be exciting if you are being dropped off; it is a different story when you are there to pick…

Nacion ESPN: The Latino Experience 

Sports is a universal language. Regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or political ideology (to name a few)…we can all come together to celebrate our favorite sports, teams and athletes. We admire the work ethic, teamwork and solidarity on the playing field and aspire the same in our personal lives. Nacion ESPN: The Latino Experience…

Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating Stereotypes

Friday is Cinco de Mayo! It’s about this.. NOT this… Well…at least it’s not like this in Mexico. The May day celebration is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day.  5 Things To Know About Cinco de Mayo (VIDEO): It’s also an unfortunate tribute to Mexican stereotypes: wearing of sombreros, beating of piñatas and consumption of mass quantities…

Media Bias and the Negative Narrative 

I was invited to speak at Howard University about the lack of newsroom diversity and its negative impact on audiences at the Legal Digital Innovator Conference hosted by the Minority Counselor TV. Here’s part of my presentation: There’s a direct link between the lack of diversity in newsrooms and how it shapes the biased perceptions…

Stop The Mexicanization of U.S. Media

   Diversity and Inclusion challenges and opportunities are not exclusive to English language media. The lack of people of color in news organizations who produce and/or present content is as absent at Spanish language networks as it is at English language networks. But there’s a biased practice which sets Spanish language apart…the Mexicanization of U.S.…